Models Of Queens
Jamaica, Queens shoppers may recognize 17-year-old model Allison John from around the neighborhood.
The hot young model is a regular along Jamaica Avenue, where she uses her runway know-how to edge out fashion hunters looking for a deal.
John, who’s looking to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology, said she always has her eyes peeled for "something that’s not loud, but noticeable." According to John, somethings that should be in everybody’s 2004 wardrobe are, "blue cut jeans, the kind that flares at the bottom, a name plate belt, with a plain t-shirt and boots."
That look, she says, helps her go from Jamaica Avenue to the runways in Manhattan, where she’s putting the finishing touches on her modeling career as a student at The Barbizon School of Modeling.
There, John said she learned the fine arts of "how to walk, how to present yourself, how to wear your hair, how to sit in restaurants," and of course, "what not to wear."
But looking good is hard work, John tells us. "Some people don’t look at it like a job but you have to work…its not easy, you have to be determined," she said. Whether she’s applying her makeup or bracing for that long runway strut, trying her best is what John says, it’s all about. "If I don’t get the job," John said she takes comfort in knowing, "at least I went in and didn’t back down."
A good lesson for any aspiring diva, John said.
Another Jennings Joke
If newspaper headlines make you the butt of citywide jokes, what do you do? Go on the only nationalized fake news program, obviously.
In what many considered a match made in heaven, Councilman Allen Jennings appeared on Comedy Central’s "The Daily Show" with John Stewart recently.
Jennings made headlines for comparing himself to Christ during a spat with colleagues in the City Council and is currently subject of a sexual harrasment probe. Weeks later he published a letter about racial harmony that many considered a love letter to Asian women.
"The Daily Show" interviewed Jennings because a house in his district was hit 29 times by reckless motorists. Jennings said a small brick wall was erected to protect the house and that should be sufficient.
Unsatisfied with the incumbent lawmaker’s involvement, the Daily Show reporter called Jennings "a Washington fat cat." Jennings tried to correct him, denying he worked in Washington.
Afterwards, Jennings said he had so much fun being laughed at he’s planning another appearance on the show early next year.
Don’t worry; you shouldn’t have to wait long to laugh at Jennings. He won reelection and will be in office for a few more years.
A Sein Of The Times
For Queens residents excited about the possibility of seeing the show "Seinfeld" on DVD, hold your horses.
Some of the stars on the hit sitcom – which was created by, partly written by and starred in by Queens College grad Jerry Seinfeld – are refusing to grant interviews for the DVD without some money heading their way.
Michael Richards (Kramer), Jason Alexander (George) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine) are all taking issue with the proposed DVD set of the sitcom because they want to get paid.
Castle Rock Television, which produced the show for NBC, and Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, the company that will distribute the DVD, only offered a small recording fee. But the three millionaires, who in the last years of "Seinfeld" made $600,000 per episode, weren't satisfied and are holding out.
While the game plays out, Jerry Seinfeld himself has kept quiet on the issue.
He’s a low-talker.
Queens Rules The Charts
When we ordered our cheeseburger to go from the Blue Bay Diner on the corner of Frankie Lewie and the Expressway, QConf received this mini ketchup complete with Chinese writing on the back. No one inside Blue Bay was able to explain the mystery of the Chinese characters nor which condiment distributor was trying to take the American diner into our multicultural borough by passing out these silly little anamolies.
But as it turns out, it may be the English on the ketchup packet that is the strange part. One theory on the origin of the word ketchup is that it comes from Cantonese, a dialect of Chinese.
The Cantonese word for the sugary tomato paste is "Keh-Tsap," which translates directly as "tomato" and "sauce." Coincidence? Maybe not.
The Chinese have their own version of ketchup, which is used more as a cooking sauce than a dip.
Still Having Fun
Times Square rang in the New Year Queens style when borough native and 80s songstress Cyndi Lauper performed for the crowd.
The Queens girl known for just wanting to have fun sang three songs from her most recent release "At Last" – Lauper versions of classic arrangements of "the songs that reverberated through her childhood block in Ozone Park, Queens," according to a recent New York Times article.
"Hopefully I’m standing in the right place at the right time. I’m lucky to be grounded now. I know what I came to the planet to do: I’m making music," she said in the Times article.
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